A HUANGHUALI ROOT-FORM STOOL (DENG) QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
30,000 - 40,000 USD
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- Height 18 in; Width 17 1/2 in
of irregular form, boldy carved from a single piece of wood to simulate gnarled, whorled and pierced rootwood issuing lingzhi, the surface level at the top for seating and incised with a lively scroll motif
Unique and unpredictable tree growth patterns found in nature were a source of admiration and fascination among cultivated literati of the Ming and Qing dynasties. An unworked tree trunk stool, suitable for a humble home, appealed to the scholar class. It conveyed the virtue of humility, respect for age, and its irregular surface prompted the imaginative eye. The present stool expands on this theme by extravagantly transforming a single section of precious hardwood into a modest 'natural' seat.